Absolute at Large

Absolute at Large

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by Karel Capek
     
 

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This volume contains Karel Čapek’s novel, "The Absolute at Large" (first published in 1922). It is a science fiction novel that centres round the discovery of a mysterious new source of energy that utterly transforms society as we know it. It was hailed by R. D. Mullen as "one of the genuine masterpieces of Science Fiction". This volume is highly

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This volume contains Karel Čapek’s novel, "The Absolute at Large" (first published in 1922). It is a science fiction novel that centres round the discovery of a mysterious new source of energy that utterly transforms society as we know it. It was hailed by R. D. Mullen as "one of the genuine masterpieces of Science Fiction". This volume is highly recommended for fans of vintage science fiction, and it constitutes a veritable must-read for fans of Čapek’s seminal work. Karel Čapek (1890 - 1938) was a Czech writer during the early-twentieth century, who famously coined the term ‘robot’ in his 1920 play “R.U.R.”. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this book now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.

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Library Journal
Released in 1922 and 1923, respectively, these sf novels both feature plots concerning worlds within worlds. Capek offers the tale of a machine capable of generating limitless energy that also releases the unknown spiritual essence locked inside physical matter, with cataclysmic results. Cummings introduces a scientist who finds a woman living inside an atom. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Review of Contemporary Fiction

"Capek's skewering of human greed and faith is all the more impressive given that the novel was originally published in 1922."—Pedro Ponce, Review of Contemporary Fiction

— Pedro Ponce

Village Voice

"The Absolute at Large goes beyond the religious fervor of Nazism, foreshadowing the collectivization of Communism and the emergence of a free market too wide for any known West."—Village Voice
News Review

"A satirical science fiction classic. . . . Though Capek wrote The Absolute at Large more than 80 years ago, it absolutely retains its wit and relevance today."—Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, News Review

— Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

NPR's All Things Considered

"Capek's dialog is fantastic, his characters richly drawn. But his vision of a world transcendently captivated by an apparent higher calling and then hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel is so prescient, it makes the novel seem like it was written today."—Cara Hoffman, NPR's All Things Considered

— Cara Hoffman

NPR's All Things Considered - Cara Hoffman

"Capek's dialog is fantastic, his characters richly drawn. But his vision of a world transcendently captivated by an apparent higher calling and then hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel is so prescient, it makes the novel seem like it was written today."—Cara Hoffman, NPR's All Things Considered
Review of Contemporary Fiction - Pedro Ponce

"Capek's skewering of human greed and faith is all the more impressive given that the novel was originally published in 1922."—Pedro Ponce, Review of Contemporary Fiction
News Review - Donna McCrohan Rosenthal

"A satirical science fiction classic. . . . Though Capek wrote The Absolute at Large more than 80 years ago, it absolutely retains its wit and relevance today."—Donna McCrohan Rosenthal, News Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780883551042
Publisher:
Hyperion Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1973
Series:
Classics of Science Fiction Ser.
Pages:
257

Meet the Author


Karel Capek (1890–1938) was an acclaimed Czech author of novels, plays, essays, political writings, and short stories. His works include R.U.R., the famous play in which Capek coined the word “robot.” Stephen Baxter is the author of several science-fiction works, including the Philip K. Dick Award–winning Vacuum Diagrams, and the coauthor, along with Arthur C. Clarke, of The Light of Other Days.

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The Absolute At Large 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this far predates Max Brooks's "World War Z", but this is a similar concept (to the book, not the movie), where god becomes a physical manifestation [The Absolute] and the world falls apart (though it is mostly focused in central Europe). It's an interesting and philosophical book and fairly satirical regarding religion (in a way that's still relevant in the 21st century) and I found it entertaining, though not engrossing. Like World War Z, there's really not much in the way of character development, just a lot of faux-historical situational descriptions, which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. If you like docu-drama, philosophy or theology [provided you are not too serious about any one religion] or atheism and characters aren't too important to you, then you might really enjoy this.
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